Court Nixes Mobile Takeover of Prichard Water

Court Nixes Mobile Takeover of Prichard Water

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Supreme Court has invalidated a constitutional amendment that called for the Mobile water board to take over the water and sewer system of neighboring Prichard. 

The Legislature approved the constitutional amendment in 2011 and Alabama voters ratified it the November 2012 election. The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Friday that the Legislature did not pass the constitutional amendment properly. The court said the Legislature should have handled it like a constitutional amendment affecting one county. Instead, the Legislature handled it like a constitutional amendment having a statewide effect.

The Supreme Court ruled in a lawsuit brought by the Prichard Water Works and Sewer Board. Mobile County legislators proposed having the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System take over the Prichard system after customers complained of high costs.

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